Fairview School to get more parking spaces

AUBURN — Fairview Elementary School will get more parking next summer to help relieve traffic jams when parents drop off and pick up students.

About $525,000 will be spent creating more parking because space is inadequate, Auburn School Department Business Manager Jude Cyr told the School Committee on Wednesday night.

There's so little room that cars double park and illegally park. “It needs to be done before somebody gets hurt,” Cyr said.

School Committee member Francois Bussiere said he had visited the school to observe traffic before and after school. “It's absolutely a zoo,” he said.

Rob Woodland, a civil engineer with Deluca-Hoffman, gave a presentation to the committee, showing plans to create parking to the east of the building, where people now park illegally, blocking a fire lane. The plan is to fill in land and pave to create legal spaces and a fire lane.

More spaces will be created in front of the school, and an improved entrance will help traffic flow and improve safety, Cyr said. The plan will bring the number of parking spaces from 60 to 72.

Fairview Principal Cathy Foley said parking and traffic flow also will be better organized. Parking will be designated for parents and visitors and for drop-off and pickup.

“We'll start training them to the flow when we get the spaces,” Foley said. “Right now, we have people parked across the street; we've got people doubled parked. We have three staff members out there every day making sure kids aren't running (in front of traffic)." The new system will provide better order, she said.

The project will be done during the summer after school is dismissed, Cyr said.

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$43,750

That's what it breaks down to per parking space ($525,000 for 12 spaces. $43,750 per space.), as long as there are no extenuating circumstances to ADD TO expenditures.

And the school committee can just say "we're doing this." (???)

Who gave them the checkbook? I think they need to give it back.

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Wow is right!

Don't they send these sort of jobs out for bid? This cannot possibly the lowest. I wonder why there is not a list of all of the bids, and the break down of these costs...since the taxpayers are footing the bill I would believe it would be news worthy. I'm glad to see they are going to do something about the parking though. The situation in that school's parking lot has been dangerous for years.

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Wow $525k for 12 more spaces

I think that this is absurd. I am sure that if they got bids on this job it would cost the tax payers MUCH less. Being around the construction field for a very long time, I know that this is ridiculous! This is just another waste of tax payers money! I agree that something should be done with the situation but not $525k outta the budget! While EL sits rotting away! I wonder why the people of Auburn had no vote for this and who's pocketing the extra money not used!!!

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"The plan will bring the

"The plan will bring the number of parking spaces from 60 to 72." ???

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a half million for 12 parking spaces?

what?

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